Georgia Tech Stings Elon
Georgia Tech and Vad Lee and couldn't be stopped Saturday. The Yellow Jackets beat Elon, 70-0.
OK, I get it: Georgia Tech played an FCS team and everyone expected the Yellow Jackets to dominate. The fact they dominated at a sustained pace from opening kick to the final buzzer was impressive.
Four different players ran for touchdowns. Coach Paul Johnson's triple option was clicking at an unheard of pace. Georgia Tech scored 10 touchdowns, including six on the ground. David Sims ripped off a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter, moving Tech ahead 35-0. Johnson's triple threat option has consistently ranked the Yellow Jackets' running game in the Top 5 since his arrival on campus. Saturday the Yellow Jackets executed the triple option to perfection as 13 different running backs recorded a carry.
Tech's defense managed a school-record 173 interception yards. The Yellow Jackets stifled Elon quarterback Mike Quinn (three interceptions, 136 passing yards on 30 attempts). The Georgia Tech defense returned two of the picks for touchdowns. In the second quarter, Tyler Marcordes intercepted a pass for a 95-yard touchdown. The turnover put Elon behind 42-0 with 8:51 remaining in the first half. Safety Jamal Golden forced a fumble on Elon's opening drive, giving the Yellow Jackets great field position at Elon's 30-yard line. Georgia Tech's defense so overwhelmed Elon the score was 28-0 after the first quarter.
"This went as well as you could ever hope," Johnson said. Georgia Tech recorded an ACC record for largest margin of victory. The Lee era began as well as advertised. He led seven touchdown drives on seven possessions before exiting the contest. Georgia Tech has a bye week next Saturday before facing Duke in their ACC opener Sept. 14. Georgia Tech simply did what good teams are supposed to do and dominated a less-talented opponent.